For Daysies, little song that could makes Spotify playlists

The Crazy Daysies (Photo: Joel Molotzak Photography)
The Crazy Daysies (Photo: Joel Molotzak Photography)

When Jen and Rebecca began performing together, one of the first songs they recorded was “Until I Win.” I’ve always liked the song, in part because of the lyrics and the message.

It’s consistently performed well in the download world, and now this little song that could actually did.  Continue reading For Daysies, little song that could makes Spotify playlists

Among my treasures, a record containing songs by Janis Joplin

1971 bio Janis
Tucked inside a 1971 bio of Janis Joplin: a 33 rpm record of the singer’s comments and songs.

Trying to cut down on clutter, I spent a weekend combing through boxes labeled “Keepsake”. Most of us probably have these “walk down Memory Lane” moments when we’re going through old stuff and land on something that stops us cold.

I found a treasure in my treasures. An old book, given to me by my husband, before we married, when we were both in college and living paycheck to paycheck, made all that tedious sorting worthwhile.  Continue reading Among my treasures, a record containing songs by Janis Joplin

Does your look impact your music brand?

Beatles 1964 Amsterdam press conference
The Beatles’ 1964 Amsterdam press conference showed them with their early look, bowl haircuts and suits. (Photo: the late Harry Pot; via Wikipedia)

Indie artists, like those signed to corporate interests, usually develop a look that’s all their own. I’ve found, courtesy of meeting many musicians over the last few years, that men are often just as discerning as women when it comes to how they dress and present themselves on stage.

Does it matter how you look when you go onstage? Does your presentation help your brand?  Continue reading Does your look impact your music brand?

What can help you plan ahead for extreme weather?

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Weather Band/NOAA; Jan. 8, 2018

If your work puts you in an outdoor setting, regardless of your genre, chances are you’ve been affected by extreme weather. When an event is canceled, musicians aren’t the only artists disadvantaged. Crafts makers selling wares, food trucks, and others feel the pain.

In Florida, indie artists dealt with hurricane and storm cancellations in 2017. As 2018 arrived, our state experienced far colder weather than usual. How do you cope with revenue that gets canceled along with the gig?

Is there anything you can do to improve your planning? How do you anticipate weather six or seven months out?  Continue reading What can help you plan ahead for extreme weather?

‘Guitar Aficionado’ bids us farewell

issue of Guitar Aficionado
Our last issue of ‘Guitar Aficionado’ featured one of our favorite actors.

Our family has some serious guitar enthusiasts, one reason my husband received the magazine Guitar Aficionado as a gift. Unfortunately, the glossy is bidding us farewell.  Continue reading ‘Guitar Aficionado’ bids us farewell

Indie artists, take note: Florida and Michigan top states for identity theft

The Sunshine State is tops when it comes to identity theft.
The Sunshine State is tops when it comes to identity theft.

If you perform frequently at public venues, it stands to reason a lot of people know your name. If you haven’t taken steps to secure your identity, and your data, it’s time you did.  Continue reading Indie artists, take note: Florida and Michigan top states for identity theft

For indie musicians, Christmas songs have long shelf life

Angel ornament by SC artist Valerie G. Lumpkin
Angel ornament by SC artist Valerie G. Lumpkin. (Photo Indie Art South)

Have you written a Christmas song? Maybe you should.  Continue reading For indie musicians, Christmas songs have long shelf life

Familiar and not-so-familiar travel tips for the holidays

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Photo of open road/Indie Art South

We are frequent ‘road trippers’ because of out of state family and because of the Daysies’ travel schedule, so I’ve learned a few things along the way.

I thought I’d share my travel tips. Some are familiar and some are unfamiliar, but they have served us well. First, there’s the obvious.  Continue reading Familiar and not-so-familiar travel tips for the holidays

Depeche Mode capitalizes on Deadheads model

Depeche Mode
Photo from Depeche Mode website; Hollywood, 2017

Depeche Mode isn’t technically an indie band, but the UK group known for its electronic music is a lesson in learning for any band aspiring to break out of the pop culture abyss.

Depeche hasn’t chalked up first place on US charts, but Bloomberg News said the band “is selling more concert tickets than the biggest pop stars in the world.” Step aside, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars.

What’s the secret? Continue reading Depeche Mode capitalizes on Deadheads model

Can membership in a professional organization help an indie musician?

Cream of Crop stage Thomasville GA
Photo of stage at Cream of the Crop/Thomasville, GA. (Indie Art South)

If you’re an indie musician, it probably sometimes seems like you’re climbing the steepest mountain on our planet. It’s true you can network with other musicians, but it’s also true you probably have moments when you feel completely alone.

Can membership in a professional organization help an indie musician gain ground?  Continue reading Can membership in a professional organization help an indie musician?